August 2019

Plastics Or People? At Least One of Them Has to Change to Clean Up Our Mess

August 1, 2019 by Source

UCSD Chemist on Mission to Make Flip-Flops Out of Algae

By Christopher Joyce / NPR-wbur / July 30, 2019

The avalanche of plastic waste that’s rolling over land and sea has inspired numerous potential solutions. Some involve inventing our way out of the mess by creating new kinds of natural materials that will harmlessly degrade if they’re thrown away.

Others say it might be quicker to change people’s throwaway behavior instead.

Among the first group is Stephen Mayfield. He’s a chemist who figured out how to turn various kinds of algae into raw plastic — polyurethane plastic. Then he turns it into stuff people want.

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